Do you enjoy writing and sharing ideas? Need a creative space for expression? The Student Writers Assembled Guild (SWAG), a creative writing club on Levine Campus, has extended virtual meetings throughout the summer term.
Through student-led writing prompts, SWAG members write about a variety of topics in different genres such as fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Weekly meetings also serve as a positive release during these challenging times. Recent topics have included anxieties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and inequality and social issues.
SWAG is a community safe-space to receive positive and constructive feedback. Central Piedmont alumni, currently studying at North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Queens and Wingate Universities, return to club meetings to share their experiences with current students.
Students write poetry, short stories, and screenplays while focusing on several skills such as voice, perspective, and dialogue development.
Members are also encouraged to develop works for publication. SWAG member and current student, Michael-Michelle Pratt recently published an article for Teen Vogue, titled Growing Up Black Between Trayvon Martin and George Floyd Has My Generation at a Boiling Point. Other members are actively submitting their work for publications as well.
Meetings are held every Thursday at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Students, faculty, or staff members interested in joining SWAG for the summer are encouraged to contact Elizabeth West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPCC creative writing and art appreciation students are working with the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in their forthcoming Inside|Out Charlotte installation of art throughout the city. Led by instructors Ashley Knight and Angelina Oberdan, students will collaborate to write descriptions of the masterworks to be displayed throughout various Charlotte neighborhoods. Inside|Out is an exhibit that takes artwork from local museums out in the community to create cultural engagement. Students writing was featured in the first Inside|Out installation in Washington Heights. The second installation will run from September 3 through December 3.
“CPCC’s student collaboration with Inside|Out provided not only a way for students to become involved with the goals of the project (to engage with art), but it also reiterated to Creative Writing students the importance of using concise and deliberate language,” said Angelina Oberdan, discipline chair of the ACA, English and Humanities division at CPCC. “Also, just like Inside|Out brings artwork outside of the museum, this collaboration brought students’ work outside of the classroom.”
“I really enjoyed seeing our students engage with the selected art works at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center. At one point, they gathered into a large group and were intently listening to a docent telling the story surrounding the Giacometti drawings,” said Ash Knight, an art instructor at CPCC. ” I believe they captured and expressed their own excited curiosity about the art in writing the captions.”
CPCC Museum Pass
In addition to participating in the installation, students will also receive a CPCC Museum Pass, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, The Mint Museum of Art. and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Going forward, CPCC’s Culture Card will give close to 3,000 students free admission to these institutions for a year. This partnership supports the learning process for CPCC students and serves to further their engagement with the arts through access to the excellent collections in our community.